Radio traffic & video added: Baltimore City 4th alarm with collapse and mayday. Five firefighters injured.

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Recorded radio traffic of mayday via Alertpage

At Penn Lumber, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore City, there is currently a fourth alarm working with a collapse and a mayday. Five firefighters have been injured. All are now accounted for and are reported to have non-life threatening injuries. At least two firefighters were trapped after the collapse.

In the radio traffic in the player above, the evacutation order comes at about 11:55 into the incident followed by the mayday at 24:48.

Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun:

Conditions in the building worsened rapidly once firefighters responded, (PIO Kevin) Cartwright wrote in an email. The first-responding firefighters entered the building with hoses upon arriving, but “within moments,” the commanding officer ordered them to evacuate. As they were doing so, the building collapsed, trapping five firefighters.

All five were rescued and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for further evaluation, Cartwright wrote.


After gaining entry into the building, fire commanders, within moments, ordered crews out due to the intensity of the fire, Cartwright said.

As firefighters evacuated the building it completely collapsed, trapping five firefighters. Cartwright said all five firefighters were rescued and were transported to Shock Trauma. Their conditions were not immediately available, but Cartwright said they suffered non-life threatening injuries.


Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at Penn Lumber. Officials say the fire started around 5:40 p.m. Monday.

The three-story building is located on the 6-hundred block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

There are reports that five firefighters were injured, but the nature of their injuries is not known.


What started as a 2 alarm fire, quickly went out of control as firefighters battled the blaze.

The three story Penn Lumber building has partially collapsed.

This is GoogleMaps image of Penn Lumber. Click here for map.